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Crafts Mela to Coincide with Brahmotsavam
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:48:02 ( 768 reads )


Source: The Hindu





TIRUPATI, INDIA, September 16, 2001: Coinciding with the annual Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara, the All-India Crafts Mela will be held at Tirupati from September 19 to October 3. The venue of the mela is the Urban Haat site, jointly promoted by the Central Government's Ministry of Textiles and State's Tourism Department at a cost of US$342,500 on Tiruchanur road here to give a boost to local arts and crafts. Around 100 artisans, craftsmen and weavers from various parts of the country will take part in the mela. The tourism director, Mr. G. Kishan Rao, said that Tirupati being a major pilgrim centre, there was lesser need for his department to go in search of market and the department's only job was to provide sufficient infrastructure to streamline the process of linking artisans and customers directly avoiding middlemen.




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Manavi Announces Legal Clinics For Battered Women
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:47:02 ( 607 reads )


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NEW BURNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, September 17, 2001: Manavi, a South Asian organization dedicated to empowering women from the subcontinent who live in the US, has announced a legal clinic for women who have experienced violence in their lives in two new locations. Manavi's legal clinics provide women with the option of meeting with an immigration and family lawyers free of charge. The legal clinics, which began in 1997, were previously held in Manavi's former office in Union, New Jersey. Hours for any of the legal clinics are by appointments only and one can reach Manavi at phone: 732-435-1414 or e-mail: Manavi@worldnet.att.net




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Samudri, Sruti to Honor Three Senior Dancers in NY
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:46:02 ( 722 reads )

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Astrology of Terrorist Attack
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:45:02 ( 949 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, September 19, 2001: Chakrapani Ullal, the foremost exponent of Hindu astrology in the United States, offers his analysis of the September 11 terrorist attack on America at "source" above.




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VHP Makes Statement on Attacks
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:49:02 ( 686 reads )


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UBLI, INDIA, September 16, 2001: The president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ashok Singhal, has declared that he is against the direct involvement of India in the predicted "war." He said the Indian land should never become a battlefield when "Christians and Muslims are fighting it out". Acknowledging that the fight between Christians and Muslims was continuing since ages, Singhal said "Hindus are nowhere in the picture of this war, and that position should be maintained." However, he maintained that the country should support America in its war against terrorism in principle.




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University Building Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:48:02 ( 661 reads )


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ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, Sept. 16, 2001: When the brand new campus of Soka University of America opened its doors here for admissions for this fall, it decided to dedicate one of its classroom buildings to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, naming it "Gandhi Hall." Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi, who had flown here from Memphis, Tenn., especially for the occasion, performed the formal ceremony of dedication August 23. The building houses distance learning classrooms, multi-media and interactive classrooms, as well as faculty offices. On a stage lined with the flags of dozens of nations, signifying the university's international outlook, Gandhi took to the podium amid thunderous applause. "Non-violence is about how we behave with one another. It is not about going to places like the Middle East where the violence is already rampant," he told the audience.




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Pesticide Kills 15 Wild Elephants
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:47:02 ( 658 reads )


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GAUHATI, INDIA, September 15, 2001: A banned pesticide used by villagers in remote northeastern India was blamed Saturday for the death last month of 15 wild elephants. Investigator Kushal Konwar Sharma said forensic tests revealed the presence of the pesticide Dimecron in the elephants' carcasses, which were discovered in and around Nameri National Park in Assam state. Wildlife authorities have ordered a probe to find out how the villagers procured the pesticide, which is banned in India but used by some farmers to control disease-spreading insects. It was unclear whether villagers angered by the trampling of paddy fields and the destruction of homes intentionally poisoned the animals, Sharma said. The elephants may have grazed in fields where farmers spread Dimecron, he said. Assam is home to more than half of India's 10,000 elephants. Their forest habitat is rapidly disappearing.




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Children's Rights Advocates Want Century-Old Law to be Abolished
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:46:02 ( 643 reads )


Source: Canadian Press





OTTAWA, CANADA, September 10, 2001: Canada may soon be coerced into joining the ranks with eleven other nations of the world where spanking of children is considered to be a criminal act. In the Ontario Court of Appeal, Paul Schabas, a lawyer representing the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law, has advocated that Section 43 of the criminal code be abolished. Quoting the article this section, "grants parents, teachers and guardians permission to physically discipline children in the name of correcting behavior." Over a year ago in July of 2000, Justice David McComb's decision to uphold this 100-year-old law sparked controversy among children's rights advocates. Citing examples where parents who abused their children were not punished because of this law, Schabas appealed to the three-panel judge to carefully weigh the evidence before making a decision. However, at this point in time, the Ontario government is upholding the original decision made by David McCombs and is arguing that, "allowing limited corporal punishment doesn't hurt children and balances the societal interest in sustaining the family unit with the charter right of the child."




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McDonalds to Circulate More Information
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:45:02 ( 691 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, September 1, 2001: Following a series of lawsuits, McDonald's Corporation has announced it is giving more information about ingredients used in the items on its menu. The fast food giant is using www.mcdonalds.com to mention whether a "natural flavor comes from a dairy, vegetable or meat source." Fliers containing the ingredient information will be available at the company's 13,000 US outlets. McDonald's had so far followed state and federal guidelines for labeling, a method that doesn't specifically describe a "natural flavor." In spring vegetarians, many of them Hindus, filed lawsuits accusing McDonald's of using beef flavoring in fries despite pledges that it would use only vegetable oil. Company spokesman Mike Gordon declined to comment on the lawsuits, but said the questions from the clients "heightened the company's awareness."




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Canadian Hindu Temple Destroyed by Fire, Arson Suspected
Posted on 2001/9/14 23:49:02 ( 799 reads )

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Kolkata University Won't Introduce Astrology Course
Posted on 2001/9/14 23:48:02 ( 956 reads )


Source: The Daily Pioneer





KOLKATA, INDIA, September 15, 2001: Giving a thumbs down to the Central Government's move to introduce astrology in the curriculum of universities, Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) here has rejected a University Grant's Commission proposal to set up an astrology department and returned a grant of US$31,900. The UGC controls much of the funding for universities in India. "Our university did not send any proposal to the UGC at all for setting up any department for teaching astrology, which the UGC has renamed as Jyotirvigyan," said Vice-Chancellor Subhankar Chakraborty. Mr Chakraborty said the UGC "on its own" accorded approval for the establishment of such a department in the university a few months ago and sent a check for the project. The Commission in a communication also granted the appointment of a professor, two readers and lecturers each and establishment of a computerized horoscope bank, he said. "Our university can never accept this offer of sanction because astrology has not yet been established as a science through laboratory experiments, observations, analysis or research," he said. Despite his denials, there is hardly a person in India who would not consult an astrologer, if not frequently, certainly upon ascertaining marriage compatibility for the children and auspicious times for weddings.




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Muslim Shepherd Discovers Ancient Hindu Temple in India
Posted on 2001/9/14 23:47:02 ( 678 reads )


Source: Religion News Service





KASHMIR, INDIA, September 12, 2001: A Muslim shepherd in northern India who discovered an ancient Hindu temple while searching for lost sheep will receive 10 percent of the cash offerings that tourism officials expect the shrine will collect. Ghulam Qadir stumbled across the 1,500-year-old cave shrine in Chandanwari in central Kashmir, and found a 12-inch icon of the Lord Siva, according to a report published September 11 in the Indian Express. Qadir's discovery prompted the tourism department of Kashmir and Jammu to announce that starting next year, and continuing through the next four years, they will give the shepherd a percentage of the offerings they expect pilgrims will make at the shrine, Reuters news agency reported. Qadir will also receive a substantial final payment when the five-year period ends. Central Kashmir is already home to the famed Amarnath cave shrine to Siva, likewise discovered by a Muslim shepherd.




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Prosperous Times for Ayurveda in South India
Posted on 2001/9/14 23:46:02 ( 715 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA: The government is keen to cash in on the sudden demand for ayurveda medical treatment from foreign tourists and will introduce it in three tourist resorts in Karnataka. Shortly, ayurvedic treatment procedures, especially "panchakarma," will be start at Bhimeshwari in Mandya district, Devabag near Karwar and Kabini. Speaking to The Sunday Times of India, Tourism Minister R. Roshan Baig said: "Many tourists from abroad are interested in Indian systems of medicine and want to come here for treatment. It makes good tourist sense to introduce ayurvedic treatment and procedures to tap this segment." In fact, figures released by the Planning Commission indicate that an estimated 300,000 tourists want to come to India specifically for ayurvedic treatment. At present only Kerala, and to some extent Gujarat, cater to these tourists, prompting the commission to ask states to make use of this fad to start centers and cater to the growing demand.




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Kolkata Sets Prize for Cleanest Puja Pandal
Posted on 2001/9/13 23:49:02 ( 964 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, September 14, 2001: Sick and tired of the garbage piling up during the puja and the stench, the Calcutta Municipal Corporation has come with a novel competition scheme for cleanliness among puja pandals where the cleanest puja pandal will be awarded a prize. A "pandal" is a temporary temple set up beside (or in) a roadway for a festival. Different neighborhoods, clubs and companies compete for the biggest and best each year. "This will the best festival as far as neatness and cleanliness are concerned" said Mala Roy, a director of the city's solid waste management branch. "This award has been designed for the first time in the history of CMC and is a unique effort as the civic body itself will give a 'best puja' prize to the cleanest puja organizers to encourage people to maintain cleanliness in the city," she said. The criteria of judgement will include not only a clean puja venue, but also overall cleanliness of the surrounding areas.




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"Meatless Day" November 25
Posted on 2001/9/13 23:48:02 ( 777 reads )


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PUNE, INDIA, August 28, 2001: Sadhu Vaswani Mission announced today its annual "Meatless Day," also called "Meat-Out Day," on November 25. The popular observance falls on the birthday of the Mission's founder, Sadhu Vaswani, a revered saint of the Sindhi community. The present leader of the Mission, J.P. (Dada) Vaswani said, "Buddha asked 25 centuries ago, 'how may we build a new civilization?' And he answered, 'The key is the spirit of maitri, friendliness towards all living things.' And until the spirit of maitri reveals itself in our laws and our dealings with each other and in our treatment of brother birds and animals, our civilization will not find peace, but will continue to wander from unrest to unrest."




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